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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (31 May) . . Page.. 1381..

(1) Both the RSPCA and Wildlife Carers licences state that if Protected Native Animals or Special Protection Status species are received, licensees must advise an Officer from the Licensing and Compliance Unit, Environment Protection and Heritage, within 24 hours.

Licenses for rehabilitation of Protected Native Animals or Special Protection Status species may be granted by the Conservator of Flora & Fauna, providing the applicant has the appropriate qualifications and/or experience to keep the particular species.

When ready for release and where possible, the rehabilitated animal shall be released on or near the site where it was found, in an appropriate habitat, at an appropriate time and/or season. If an animal cannot be released near the site where originally found, advice shall be sought from the Research and Monitoring Unit, Parks Conservation and Lands in relation to a suitable release site.

(2) The two issued wildlife carers licenses do not allow for keeping of native animals which do not occur naturally in the ACT. These would be primarily escapees from private aviaries or licensed keepers.

Environment Protection and Heritage Licensing Officers would make enquiries with known licensed keepers, in an attempt to locate the owner of the animal. If an owner cannot be identified, arrangements would be made for the housing/holding of the animal as; a companion animal to others of its species which are legally kept in captivity (a Register of native animals is kept by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna); as a legitimate educational or scientific resource; or to be placed in an established collection.

(3) Currently there is no ACT Dingo rehabilitation policy. Dingoes are classified as a native animal living naturally in the ACT and are afforded the same protection under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 as other native animals naturally occurring in the ACT. However, dingoes are also declared as a pest animal under the Pest Plants & Animals Act 2005. Any requests for the rehabilitation of dingoes would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

(4) The ACT is committed to a policy of evidence-based management of kangaroos by the (> 50) recommendations in the reports of the Kangaroo Advisory Committee, which have been adopted by successive ACT governments as the policy framework for kangaroo management. The ACT Government policy is not to issue general licences for the keeping of injured or orphaned Eastern Grey Kangaroos as this species is abundant in the ACT.

(5) The methods for the euthanasia of Eastern Grey Kangaroos are specified in the Code of Practice for the Humane Destruction of Kangaroos in the ACT. These include shooting by authorized persons, lethal injection or cranial destruction with a captive bolt.

Police and Citizens Youth Club

(Question No 1569)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 2 May 2007:

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